Have you ever wondered about the difference between low carb vs low fat for weight loss?
I am sure the answer to this question is not what you think. Chances are, you think low carb is better because your body will burn a bunch of fat and there will be less sugar to be stored as fat. If you don’t think that, then you likely believe that low fat is better because you are giving your body less fat to store.
The truth is, if you are eating in a calorie deficit and consuming adequate protein, the difference between low carb and low fat is statistically insignificant. This means there is really no difference.
Yes, that is right. If you prefer higher carb and lower fat, you can do that without feeling like you are losing out. If you feel best running on higher fat and lower carb, you can also do that without feeling like you are losing out. Or, you can do average carb and average fat. It is really about what you prefer and what you can sustain.
If you provide your body with more carbs from your nutrition, it will use more carbs than fat for energy. Although there is more fat left around to be stored since it isn’t being burned for energy, higher carb also means you are taking in less fat to be stored.
It doesn’t just stop there. If you are in a calorie deficit, that means your body doesn’t have all the energy it needs for its daily functions. Therefore, it will end up using all the energy you give it from nutrition in some way, shape, or form. However, our body will require more energy since we’re not giving it enough. It will primarily obtain this additional energy through burning body fat.
Let’s look at higher fat. That would mean you are giving your body more fat than carbs to use for energy. So, you would be burning more fat. BUT, this doesn’t mean you are burning more body fat. It simply means your body is burning more fat for fuel because that is what you gave it from your nutrition to use for fuel.
With this approach, you would also be giving your body more fat to be stored. However, the same rule applies, our body doesn’t have all the energy it needs, therefore, it will end up using all the energy from nutrition that we give it, but it will still need to obtain more energy, which will primarily come from our body fat stores.
As you can understand, both methods result in your body needing to burn body fat to make up extra energy. That is why we need to be in a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is what gives our body a reason to burn body fat. Getting adequate protein helps retain muscle, helps keep you full, and helps keep the number of calories you burn in a day at a good spot.
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